August 9, 2012 (San Diego)--Heatstroke is a life-threatening emergency that can cause brain damage, organ failure and ultimately death in pets as well as humans. Recognizing signs of heat stroke can save your dog’s life. Emergency treatment is critical. Also, simply hosing the animal down is very important. By lowering the body temperature before transporting the dog to a vet, you can increase its chance for survival by as much as 30% says Dawn Danielson, RVT, director of Animal Services for San Diego County.